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Live Your Passion

  • Live Your Passion | X = Xylephone, Anna Webster

    When the news staff of The News-Democrat created a feature series that involved the alphabet, it knew the letter X would require some creative thinking. The “Live Your Passion” series was no different. Who has a hobby or passion that begins with X? When you start going through the dictionary and looking at all the words that begin with X, the one word just jumps out at you is xylophone.

  • Live Your Passion | W = Wildlife Rescue, Rita Westrick

    As a young child living on Sixth Street in Carrollton, when Rita Westrick would come across a young animal in distress, she would borrow her sister’s bicycle that had a basket and pick the animal up and bring it home to try to nurse it back to good health.

    “She [Debbie Fothergill] absolutely hated when I borrowed her bike,” Westrick said. “Those were my first attempts at wildlife rescue.”

    Bulldozer operator Heavy Thomas lived across the street and she said he would bring her the nests he would dig up cleaning out fence rows.

  • Live Your Passion: V - Volunteer - Holly Frye

    Volunteering usually means one of two things, one is you “know” the wrong people and there is no way of saying no or two, you have a vested interest in the activity/project.

    Carrollton native Holly Miller Frye has experienced both sides of volunteering.

  • Live Your Passion | U - Umpiring Tim and Chris Hendrick

    Just like mothers and daughters, fathers and sons share a special bond and enjoy spending time together. For some, it’s flipping a house or a car. Others enjoy waking up before dawn to go hunting, while others prefer to sit on the couch and watch a game.

    For Tim and Chris Hendrick, one of their passions is baseball, and Tim passed on his love of both umpiring and watching the sport to his son.

  • Live Your Passion - T- Travel | Warren and Susan McEuen

    Interested in traveling to Paris, Rome or Beijing? What about Boston, Seattle or Key West?

    Warren and Susan McEuen of Carrollton have been to all of those places and many more over the years and would be the perfect resource for information.

    To them, traveling and discovering the world isn’t something reserved for only the rich and famous. It can be done by virtually anyone who has done his/her research ahead of time.

  • Live Your Passion | Sign Team - Apostolic Pentecostal Church of the Living God

    Imagine you are in a room full of people, and everyone is talking with one another, but you hear nothing but silence. That is the struggle deaf people face every day.

    The National Center for Health Statistics estimates that 28 million Americans (about 10 percent of the population) have some degree of hearing loss. About 2 million of these 28 million people are classified as deaf, meaning they can’t hear every day sounds or speech, even with a hearing aid. Only about 10 percent of these 2 million people were born deaf. The other 90 percent became deaf later in life.

  • Live Your Passion - R for Runner | Vernon States

    A cool, fall morning with few vehicles on the road and Def Leppard pulsing through the headphones. No phone calls to make, no texts to answer and no place to be. These would be perfect conditions for Vernon States to do what he enjoys most–run.

    “I run because of how it makes me feel,” he said, after a cool, fall morning run Oct. 20. “They call it the ‘runners high.’ I just feel so awesome after I get done–relaxed and calm. I don’t know how to describe it.”

  • Live Your Passion | Quilting - Projects Half Done

    If you’re looking for a timeless hobby where you can use your hands, express your creativity and have a useful product afterward, then quilting may be for you.

    Quilters in the Projects Half Done (PhDs) group at the Carroll County Public Library described the activity as relaxing, therapeutic and “a little sanity outlet.”

    “It keeps your mind active. Senior citizens need things that keep your mind cranking,” Aggie Searcy said.

  • Live Your Passion | Patch Collector - Rev. Tim Polley

    Dolphin Island, Ala., North Pole, Alaska.; Tisbury, Mass., and Benton, Ky. These four seemingly unrelated cities have at least one common thread: All four of their police departments have patches in Pastor Tim Polley’s extensive collection.

    When his father began collecting patches while serving as the chief of the Dongola City Police Department, a small town in southern Illinois, he probably had no idea that it would later become an obsession for his son.

  • Live Your Passion | Out of the Darkness organizer - Holly Dawson

    On Aug. 25, 2015, Holly and Clint Dawson experienced something that no parents ever should: their 17-year-old daughter, Maddie, committed suicide.

    Now, more than two years later, Holly has dedicated her life to raising awareness about suicide and mental health through the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the Out of the Darkness walks.

    Five weeks after Maddie’s death, Holly and Clint participated in the Out of the Darkness walk in Bardstown, Ky. Two weeks later, they joined Madison’s walk.